LUBBOCK, Texas - The College of Charleston got beat at its own game Saturday afternoon.
Texas Tech Super Regional
Texas Tech Super Regional
Who: College of Charleston vs. Texas Tech
What: Game 2
When: Sunday, 3 p.m.
Where: Rip Griffin Park
Series: Texas Tech leads, 1-0
Radio/TV: WQSC 910-AM/ESNPU
Texas Tech pitcher Chris Sadberry tossed a four-hit shutout to lead the Red Raiders past the College of Charleston, 1-0, Saturday in Game 1 of their NCAA Super Regional series before a standing-room-only crowd of 4,811 at Rip Griffin Park.
The Cougars (44-18) face elimination in Game 2 of the best-of-three series Sunday at 3 p.m. The Cougars will start All-American freshman Bailey Ober (10-2, 1.55 ERA) Sunday against the Red Raiders.
The Cougars swept through the Colonial Athletic Association tournament and the Gainesville Regional the last two weeks with dominant pitching, solid defense and a timely hit thrown in for good measure.
The Red Raiders (44-19) used that exact same formula to beat the Cougars on Saturday and take control of the series.
Sadberry (5-3) was the difference in the game, going eight innings, giving up four hits, while striking out a career-high eight batters.
"I was just spotting up pitches," said Sadberry, who was taken in the sixth round by the Miami Marlins in this weekend's Major League Draft. "I was just trying to go out there and attack the hitters. They were going to be aggressive. I just went out there with the attitude to attack them with my fastball and try to work my other pitches off of that."
Charleston got just one extra base hit as Sadberry did an excellent job of mixing his pitches and keeping the Cougars off balance at the plate.
"Sadberry sets the tone for them," said College of Charleston coach Monte Lee. "He was really good at locating his pitches and he's got a good fastball. You don't see many lefties who can throw in the low 90s mph. He was a difference maker."
The Red Raiders needed every strike that Sadberry threw to beat the Cougars, who are only the fourth No. 4 seed to make it to an NCAA super regional since the field was expanded to 64 teams.
"We scored one run," said Texas Tech coach Tim Tadlock. "I mean, it was not like we were the '27 Yankees today by any means. We scored one and pitched it pretty good and played decent defense and caught a couple breaks."
College of Charleston starter Taylor Clarke (10-4) matched Sadberry pitch-for-pitch going eight innings as well, giving up four hits and one run in the loss.
"Taylor was outstanding and really did everything we could of asked of him," Lee said. "He threw the ball really, really well. I just wish we could have given him a little more run support."
Try any run support.
Twice the Cougars had a runner at third base with one out and twice they failed to score.
Charleston's first scoring chance came in the third when Brandon Glazer leadoff the inning with a double. He advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt from Ryan Welke, but was thrown out at home on a grounder to shortstop Tim Proudfoot.
Again in the eighth, the Cougars started the inning promisingly as Glazer notched his second hit of the day on an infield chopper to third and took second base on a throwing error. After another sacrifice bunt moved him to third, Glazer broke home on a grounder off the bat of Champ Rowland. Sadberry scooped the ball and threw to Hunter Redman who tagged Glazer for the second time in the game.
"I was going on contact in the eighth, so when the ball was hit I was gone," Glazer said. "They made a good play. The one in third I just hesitated. It was a bad decision on my part."
The Red Raiders scored the game's only run in the third when Stephen Smith singled up the middle and stole second. Two batters later, Red Raiders left fielder Tyler Neslony ripped a ball to right-center that Glazer took a bad angle on. The ball squirted past Glazer and rolled to the wall as Smith score easily.
"I thought I was going to have a play on it off the bat and I slowed up because I knew I wasn't going to get to it," Glazer said. "It took a funny hop and got behind me."
With Ober taking the mound, the Cougars are confident they can force a winner-take-all Game 3 on Monday for a spot in the College World Series.
"It's my job to make sure they flush this game as fast as we can," Lee said. "We need to go get some dinner and laugh and cut up a little bit and try to brighten the mood. Heck, we're still alive. We're still playing. If we win (Sunday) it's anybody's guess as to what's going to happen in Game 3. We've just got to put ourselves in a position to play on Monday."
Texas Tech’s Hunter Redman tags out College of Charleston’s Brandon Glazer at the plate during their super regional game in Lubbock, Texas, on Saturday. Texas Tech won, 1-0. Game 2 of the best-of-3 series is Sunday at 3 p.m.×